Having set up its studio in Hollywood (one of the first), the Chicago-based Selig company wasted no time going into production with a series of westerns. In The Free-Booters, a hapless miner is about to be arrested for stealing two bags of gold. Two outlaws decide to cash in on this by heading to the miner's shack and claiming the gold before the Law shows up. Unfortunately for the villains, their actions are witnessed by a townsmen, who alerts the sheriff. The bad guys make their escape by climbing a high cliff, pelting the posse with stones as they ascend ever upward. Surprisingly, the film does not end with a fatal plunge off the cliff, but the final scene is thrilling all the same.
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